Skip to main content

tv   News 4 at 5  NBC  July 7, 2011 5:00pm-6:00pm EDT

5:00 pm
on a police scanner application he downloaded on his phone. but authorities soon determined it was another reason why he knew so much. the combined forces of six agencies around the region, including police and fire departments from d.c. and prince george's county, even the secret service, helped take down an alleged serial arsonist. >> this impacts everyone. it impacts our insurance costs, it impacts our safety, it impacts our lifestyle in the district. and when one individual for sport decides to start burning places to get a reaction, it's a good reaction by law enforcement to put handcuffs on him. >> reporter: authorities have arrested 26-year-old maurice dews and charged him with setting three fires. the first on april 8ingth was allegedly set at 48th place. when firefighters arrived to put out the blaze, they thought someone was inside. moments after rushing in, the roof collapsed, burning five d.c. firefighters, including veteran chuck ryan. he is now permanently disfigured
5:01 pm
after being hospitalized for more than a month. >> the question was why did the suspect do this. again, at this point, we're probably not going to comment on specifics in the investigation, because there are other pending charges. >> reporter: according to the court documents, each time dews allegedly set a house on fire, he notified d.c. fire department, like he was calling in a tip. he would then allegedly stay on the scene to take pictures and record the blaze. authorities say it happened at the fire set back in june on grant street that gutted this abandoned home, as well as the most recent on july the 5th, once again on 48th place. but this time, there was a witness who saw dews allegedly spark the fire. and police tracked him down. at his home in northeast d.c., a relative of the suspect tells news4, she had no idea. >> i'm just like kind of glad that he's not here, because he could get upset and my grandmother let him stay here. he could get upset, and next thing you know, we could wake up and our house is on fire. you can't trust someone like that. >> reporter: now, according to these court documents, once again, dews allegedly confessed
5:02 pm
to setting these fires, as well as multiple others in d.c., as well as prince george's county. authorities say at this point in the investigation, it is very likely that more charges are on the way. we're live in northwest d.c., john schriffen, back to you in the studio. >> thanks, john. casey anthony will be out of jail in less than a week. today a judge sentenced her to four years for lying to investigators, but she was given credit for time already served and good behavior. reaction to that has been just as strong as reaction to the verdict. darcy spencer joins us now with more on this. darcy? >> reporter: wendy, four years in jail doesn't sound like a stiff enough sentence, if you believe casey anthony is guilty of murder, but the judge gave her the harshest punishment available to him. he gave her one year, the max, on each of four charges, and ran them consecutively. angry protests outside the orlando courtroom, where casey anthony was sentenced today. she was acquitted of murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter and could
5:03 pm
become a free woman for the first time in nearly three years next week. >> both sides ready to proceed? >> reporter: a judge sentenced the 25-year-old to four years in prison for lying to investigators. >> i will sentence you to one year in the orange county jail, imposing a $1,000 fine, all four counts to run consecutive to each other. >> reporter: but anthony will get credit for time served, and for good behavior. that means she'll be out of jail on wednesday. jennifer ford, the first juror from the trial to speak publicly about the deliberations told abc news that prosecutors did not prove that anthony had killed her daughter, caylee. >> there wasn't enough evidence, there wasn't anything strong enough to say exactly -- i don't think anyone in america can tell us exactly how she died. if you put even just the 12 jurors in one room with a piece of paper, write down how caylee died, we would all be guessing.
5:04 pm
>> reporter: prosecutors claim caylee was murdered by her mother, but the defense argued that caylee drowned in the family pool. protesters criticized the jury's decision. >> you are not doing something -- you have a blood stain on your hand, because you didn't do anything about it. you didn't speak out. >> reporter: but the one juror who has spoken so far says acquitting anthony on murder charges wasn't an easy decision. but it was the only one they could make. >> it doesn't feel good. it was a horrible decision to have to make. but i had to do it based on the law. >> reporter: there's no word on what casey anthony will do once she gets out of jail next wednesday. there are rumors of movie and book deals. one thing is pretty sure. she will not return to her parents' home. there are also rumors her parents will write a book about their experiences, as well. back to you, wendy. >> darcy spencer. thanks, darcy. strong reaction is prompting one maryland lawmaker to propose new legislation. senator nancy jacobs wants to introduce a bill in maryland
5:05 pm
that would make it a felony if a parent fails to report the death of their child within a short amount of time. jacobs says she has gotten nearly two dozen e-mails from constituents in hartford and cecil counties since this not guilty verdict. anthony waited a month before she reported her daughter missing. d.c. council chair kwame brown is facing more campaign finance trouble tonight. the city's board of elections is now asking federal authorities to investigate possible criminal violations by brown's 2008 re-election committee. news4's tom sherwood is live in our newsroom now with the latest on this story. tom? >> reporter: pat, the u.s. attorney's office was already looking into the brown campaign mess, but this is the first time that there are formal allegations that crimes may have been committed. while council chairman kwame brown ran a budget meeting in the council chambers thursday -- in a small room a few blocks away, the city's board of elections voted to request a
5:06 pm
formal criminal investigation into evidence that brown's 2008 committee can account for about $350,000 in money raised or spent. >> unable to verify the accuracy -- >> reporter: an audit detailed fuzzy expenditures and mysterious money raised. much of it going to a brother of the chairman. elections board chairman togo west said the board could have considered a major civil fine, but decided a criminal probe is needed first. >> allow the proceedings to move forward. >> let me tell you, the referral to the u.s. attorney is considered the bigger of the sanctions. >> okay. >> that's saying -- don't you know what a referral with a violation means? it means we think there is criminal activity here that needs to be looked into. >> reporter: the u.s. attorneys office already made informal inquiries into the kwame brown affair, but the formal criminal probe request is a serious new blow to the council chairman. brown declined to speak to news4, but said in a statement, he welcomes the probe to clear
5:07 pm
his name. togo west also said thursday the city's campaign ethics office needs more fire power to curb growing incidents of misconduct by public officials. >> i say get me some more auditors so i can flood the place with auditors the way the fbi does. you want to improve ethics policing in the district of columbia? get me some more auditors in the office of campaign finance. >> reporter: brown does not legally have to take a levy of absence during this criminal probe, but some say it does undercut his influence on the council as chairman. pat, back to you. >> tom sherwood. thank you, tom. in our weather today, we are near triple digit temperatures. it's that hot out there. >> but there is relief on the way, and there is also a chance for strong storms tonight and tomorrow. chief meteorologist doug kammerer is tracking it all. he's got details. hey, doug. >> hi, guys. we are watching those very warm temperatures out there right now, 94 degrees the current temperature, but that heat index is close to the triple digits. we reached 99 last hour. right now we're sitting at 97 with that heat index. winds outs of the south-southwest right now at 9
5:08 pm
miles per hour. temperatures around the rest of the region are hot. 93 in frederick, 93 in sterling, 91 in fredericksburg. heat index, as i mentioned, in the mid to upper 90s, some areas over 100. and live digital doppler does show rain, but most over towards frederick county seeing rain, parts of montgomery county starting to see a shower or two there, and back toward the west, a severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 5:15. that's into west virginia for mineral and hampshire county and back toward allegheny county in towards maerls. those storms will continue to make their way towards hagerstown or martinsville area over the next half hour to hour. i'll keep you post and had let you know about the latest watch that's been placed across our area. >> thank you, doug. well, police now have a more detailed description of that man seen with a gun and a hammer who attacked a worker on the bw parkway. investigators say he's a white
5:09 pm
man, 6 feet tall, 220 pounds in his 50s or 60s and has a pot belly. the suspect was wearing clear glasses, a red and blue plaid shirt and carrying a backpack. police say the man attacked a contractor's vehicle near a construction site yesterday. a search for the suspect shut down the bw parkway for hours. the pedestrian who was hit and killed in landover, maryland this morning, has now been identified. the victim is 50-year-old lelia witfield. it happened around 5:30 this morning. the driver did stay on the scene. police do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. so far, they haven't filed any charges. and you may want to steer clear of one the major thoroughfares for the next couple days. branch avenue is closed at pennsylvania avenue so crews can rebuild that road. megan mcgrath is in southeast with more on what to expect. >> reporter: the sound of construction equipment has
5:10 pm
become all too familiar on pennsylvania avenue in southeast. and as the improvement project enters a new phase, there is a new headache. branch avenue will close on both sides of pennsylvania avenue. if you're trying to cross pennsylvania from branch, you can't do it. want to turn at the intersection? well, you can't do that either. >> it's going to cause a big problem. and i most definitely will be running late for work and dropping my kids off. so it's going to be a major problem. >> i wish they would get this intersection cleaned up. it makes me feel like my car is going to fall apart every time i drive over it. >> reporter: the closure kicked in after rush hour this morning, and will remain in effect until 5:00 a.m. monday. blocked will be about 100 feet of road on either side of pennsylvania avenue. traffic is expected to be bad. if you've got another way to get around, you'll want to do that, at least for the next few days. there is still two-way traffic on pennsylvania avenue, and no other intersections are affected. now, if they finish the work
5:11 pm
before 5:00 a.m. on monday morning, they'll open the lanes early. in southeast, megan mcgrath, news4. coming up next on news4 at 5:00, a enough new family moves into a local neighborhood and no one is happy about it. these are black bears spotted roaming the streets. >> elizabeth smart captured headlines after being kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom. tonight, she is back in the spotlight. we'll tell you about her surprising new job. metro is going to be changing those tongue-twisting station names
5:12 pm
5:13 pm
5:14 pm
h shouldw+3 it's an old concept gaining new traction, or should we say contractions. dorene gentzler is here with more on women going through labor and delivery without pain killers or surgery. dorene? >> hey, pat, wendy. some local mid wives say their practices have increased three-fold over the last year. they believe that women are trying to avoid having cesarean sections and giving birth the natural way can help them avoid that. but they don't want to put their babies at risk. so now they're getting the best of both worlds. >> you know, when you tell people that you are intending to
5:15 pm
have a natural childbirth and not have an epidural and not have pain meds, you do get a lot of looks and a lot of people thinking that you are totally crazy. >> reporter: erica rominger and her husband, tim long, didn't want to use any medical interventions when they had their first baby. that meant no drugs to ease the pain of labor, and definitely not a cesarean section, if they could help it. >> women's bodies have been evolved to do this. >> as long as i was healthy and the baby was healthy and strong, that's the way we wanted to go through the birth. >> reporter: with the cesarean section rate in the u.s. at an all-time high, 33%, some believe that's prompting more women to try to have a natural birth, using a midwife. whitney pinger, director of wisdom midwife re says her practice is skyrocketing. last year she was delivering about ten babies a month. this year, it's more like 30 a month. her c-section rate, less than 5%.
5:16 pm
>> for a lot of women, that's the concern, they don't want to end up having a c-section. but for other women, they want to be supported through the natural process of birth. they want to have what we call an empowered birth experience. >> reporter: but just because a woman has a natural childbirth, doesn't mean she is delivering at home or even at a birthing center. pinger's patients all deliver at george washington university hospital, so if there should be a problem or an emergency, doctors can intervene immediately. >> no, we are trained to support the natural process, but when the natural process is not occurring, we are trained to recognize that, intervene in that, and safely manage every situation related to obstetrical care. >> reporter: wisdom midwivery focuses on traditional methods. think hydro therapy with pools and showers, massage and acupressure. but they also use some
5:17 pm
technology, when necessary, including fetal heart rate monitors and ultrasound. >> we believe that the hospital setting gives women, our patients, the very best of both worlds. that we are able to optimize their chances for having a normal vaginal delivery, but have the back-up of all the technology that we might need. >> reporter: erica rominger and tim long gave birth to a baby boy, tyson whitney, about six weeks ago. rominger had a tough time. she was in labor for two days. and she needed some medication to help move things along. her birth wasn't completely natural, but she believes using a midwife practice helped her avoid a c-section. >> in order to be a part of a wisdom midwivery, patients have to follow a strict diet, no processed foods or white sugar or alcohol and very little caffeine. also, patients are required to exercise for 30 minutes each day. pat, wendy, it's not for everyone. but for women, couples who want to experience the natural childbirth, it's good to know
5:18 pm
this alternative in the hospital setting is available to them. >> right. and that little list of requirements, that sounds like that would make sense for any pregnant woman. >> indeed. >> or any person, period. you know? >> exactly. >> you're right. >> no sugar, no alcohol, exercise? >> or for a man. >> wow, that's nutty! thanks. >> thanks, dorene. >> sure. turning to the weather now, we've got some watches? >> some flood watches for tomorrow. flash flood watch for tomorrow, and a lot of us need rain and it looks like we'll get some rain, but the best chance tomorrow. i think today we made it through without rain, much rain across our area, and i think most of the rest of the evening will be rain-free. we could see rain later this evening into the overnight temperatures. temperatures have been on the hot side, though. we talked about yesterday, the more sun we saw, the higher the temperatures would get. we saw nothing but sun today. 94 degrees the current temperature now. the heat index coming in at 97, so a very warm and humid
5:19 pm
afternoon. 93 in frederick, 87 toward martinsburg, west virginia. fredericksburg at 91. clinton, maryland, 92. annapolis now at 88. 97 in sterling, 101 in fredericksburg, so that heat index is something that we'll be dealing with throughout the evening hours. we're also going to be dealing with some shower activity. there are some showers into portions of frederick county just east of frederick along 70. more shower activity toward west virginia. but this is really the only big storm we're watching in our area, it's the only one that's really formed. it's moving just to the south of 70, there was a severe thunderstorm warning associated with that for hampshire county. but now it's beginning to move into the panhandle of west virginia and western maryland. you'll see that storm coming across. and as i mentioned, light shower activity in frederick county, maryland. that's going to be about it. the bulk of the rain has been just up to our north, right along the maryland/pennsylvania border. that's where some strong storms have been, a couple of severe storms, too. but they're not making their ware toward our region. tomorrow i think they will as
5:20 pm
the frontal boundaries converge, a good chance for rain, that's why a flash flood watch is in effect for the day tomorrow. some locations could pick up, and some of the stronger storms, 1 to 2-inch rainfall rates an hour. so it could come down pretty fast. if you get one or two storms, that could be a lot of rain. low pressure area right now moving off towards the east, another area of low pressure moving along this frontal boundary. that's what's going to come over tomorrow and give us that better chance for rain. then by sunday, or rather by saturday, we're in the clear. i think saturday and sunday right now are really looking nice. this evening, partly sunny, hot and humid, scattered storms, some of them could be heavy, especially to the north. into maryland and into west virginia. now, temperatures tomorrow morning, 67 to 74 degrees. of very warm, very humid with some scattered showers. but the best chance of storms tomorrow afternoon, some storms could be heavy at times. highs in the mid 80s with all of the cloud cover that we are expecting. and then by saturday and sunday, the clouds get out of here. plenty of sunshine by late saturday arch, mostly sunny sunday. high temperature, 88 saturday,
5:21 pm
92 on sunday. once again, the weekend is looking nice. >> excellent. >> great. >> thanks, doug. still to come on news4 at 5:00, a wet welcome for a local mayor announcing her bid for re-election. searched and served. why police hauled away bags of evidence from this local business. southwest airlines flights for jól goingi( shor
5:22 pm
5:23 pm
5:24 pm
news4 at 5:00 continues. metro is going to shorten the name of some of its stations next year. the transit agency says customers want names that are simpler and less confusing. u street core doza african-american civil war memorial, for example, would change to u street coredoza. national mall would also be added to the smithsonian's signage, and the change will require 2,600 new signs and 500 new maps. the board will vote on the 21st. it's illegal, but it's not stopping one business from selling the herb. falls church police say they found 1,700 packets of k2 spice at the arabica shop last week. it mimics the effects of marijuana. it's illegal to sell or possess the synthetic drug in virginia. there were no arrests during the raid. the owner of the store is
5:25 pm
cooperating with police. still ahead, it's the talk of the town. a black bear and her cubs spotted in a northern virginia neighborhood. jay see dugard in her own words. the kidnapping victim reveals details about her 18 years in
5:26 pm
5:27 pm
5:28 pm
fast4ward through the headlines. after a string of arsons in d.c., including one in april that critically injured a d.c. firefighter, an arrest. the suspect, maurice dews, was arrested after running from a building on fire earlier this week. casey anthony will be out of jail in less than a week. she was sentenced today for lying to investigators. a judge gave her four years with credit for time already served. her release is set for wednesday, july 13th. she was found not guilty of killing her daughter, caylee, by a jury tuesday. more legal trouble for d.c. council chair, kwame brown. the city's board of elections voted to request a formal, criminal investigation into evidence that brown's '08 committee cannot account for $350,000 raised -- they raised -- they raised or spent. brown declined to speak to news4, but said in a statement
5:29 pm
he welcomes the probe to clear his name. now, let's fast4ward to the weather. doug, rain? >> we do have a flash flood watch issued by the national weather service for the day tomorrow, for the potential for not only rain, but heavy rain tomorrow. we need to see rain, so that is welcome news. 94 degrees, the current temperature, but the heat index right now, 97 degrees, we're seeing a lot of sunshine out there, there are a few showers, but not a whole lot to think about throughout the evening hours. i expect to see more as we move into the overnight hours and into the day tomorrow. i'll come back later to let you know when i think about your weekend. >> all right. it is not uncommon to see wildlife in some rural parts of loudoun county. >> but residents in leesburg are on high alert after several bear sightings. tra tracee wilkins is here with that story. >> reporter: leesburg is growing and developments are popping up you in areas that were once very rural. now some folks in one corner of leesburg say while they love
5:30 pm
their neighborhood, they are not loving what's been coming out of the woods lately. cars aren't the only thing residents have been seeing traveling on this rural leesburg road lately. >> i was just driving up wood burn road, and i saw what i thought was a deer, and slowed down. and out of the left behind a fence came this black bear that was about my size. it was a baby. so i let it go across the street. >> reporter: that was about two weeks ago when ann chapman saw what she described as a healthy baby bear here at the corner of snyder hill court and wood burn. and then this morning -- >> i got a phone call about ten after 7:00 this morning, and it was my husband who is going into work, and he said, okay, the sighting is real, i just went past the mother bear and the cub exactly where ann, our next door neighbor had mentioned the previous sighting. >> reporter: and now the people who live in this picturesque and rural setting are a little worried. >> i was a little alarmed, because i thought well, if there is a baby bear, there is a mommy bear somewhere, and with the kids and dogs around, i was concerned.
5:31 pm
>> we are going to see them this time of year. when is the time of year when the 2-year-old cubs, so last year's cubs, are being kicked out of the nest by mom, and they're trying to find a place of their own. and, unfortunately, as dense as we are, especially in loudoun county with population, they don't have as many spaces as they once did. so they have to travel longer distances to find that place of of their own. >> reporter: but folks who live here are hoping that they will find a new home, somewhere else, and very soon. >> we just want to make sure that, you know, people are aware of it, so no one is in danger. that's our main concern. >> so are these folks in danger? it's a good question, especially with these recent reports of bear attacks in other parts of the country. and what should one do if you happen upon a bear? well, we talked with animal control about that. and we'll have that report coming up at 6:00. >> all right. tracee wilkins. thank you, tracee. parts of yellowstone park are closed today after a rare grizzly bear attack. a 57-year-old man was mauled to
5:32 pm
death as he was hiking with his wife yesterday near canyon village. park officials say they won't go after the bear for now, because they believe it was trying to defend its cubs. they are also warning people to keep their distance from animals and to travel in groups. there hasn't been an attack at yellowstone in 25 years. still no arrest after a violent home invasion in manassas. police say the homeowner reported two masked men entering the house through an unlocked rear sliding glass door. both men were armed with knives, they demanded money. one sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray. they took a jar of coins and a shotgun and fled. there is a cleanup under way at a restaurant in wheat ton, maryland, where a driver crashed into samantha's driver and bakery. it happened overnight, leaving a who hole on the left side of the building. the driver was taken to the hospital. a lot of damage to the store.
5:33 pm
no word on what caused the driver to lose control and hit the bakery. nasa is checking for any damage to space shuttle "atlantis" or the launch pad after a lightning strike today. "atlantis" is now poised to blast off tomorrow on the very last flight. but thunderstorms are keeping or threatening to keep the space ship on the ground. right now, the forecast is a 70% no-go for a launch tomorrow. when "atlantis" does blast off, the mission would mark an end to nasa's 30-year space shuttle program. closer to home, thousands of nasa workers at the godard flight space center will be watching the final shuttle flight after three decades of stunning achievement and tragic setbacks. jane watrel has more now from greenbelt. >> reporter: it's a journey into space at the godard place flight vitter center where imaginations soar high as the heavens. >> for me, it's just so big and so unexplored. so it's completely new.
5:34 pm
everything is new. >> reporter: signs of the shuttle program are everywhere. and as the final launch approaches, there's a ground swell of pride among godard employees.1 it's an end to somt has been a remarkable program. the space shuttle is just a remarkable flying machine. just an incredible achievement in technology, and human achievement. >> reporter: that's because the godard space flight center has played an important role in the shuttle program. now in its 30th year, godard projects have been on board 75% of all shuttles. for three decades, a shuttle program has brought about incredible triumph, the launch of the hubble telescope, john glenn's return to space, the construction of the international space station, and the hubble repair mission. but also, tragedy. the loss of the "challenger" and "columbia" and 14 astronauts. visitors here remember it all well. >> i have a very personal connection to the "challenger" accident. it was very real to me to have that date and connection and
5:35 pm
that time in your life. it's sad. it's sad that the program is ending. i think it's brought a lot of great technological innovations. >> reporter: the program also brought about new technology. things we take for granted today. >> and borne out of that was the personal computer. at first folks didn't think there was a commercial use for that, but look where we are today. >> reporter: the loss of the shuttle program will see tens of thousands of nasa workers losing their jobs. but godard is not expected to see many cuts. as they wait for the next chapter of the space program to unfold. in greenbelt, jane watrel, news4. >> up next, innocent mistake, or was it intentional? the unexpected end to a local mayor's run for re-election. mayor's ru[ man ] i gottion. this new citi thankyou card
5:36 pm
5:37 pm
and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points? yes i did. [ man ] points i could use for just about anything. ♪ ♪
5:38 pm
there it is. [ man ] so i used mine to get a whole new perspective. ♪ [ male announcer ] the new citi thankyou premier card gives you more ways to earn points. what's your story? citi can help you write it. . if you still plan to travel this summer, now may be the best time to book a late summer get away. southwest is holding a $59 flight sale, and some flights are even lower than that. none of the special fares apply to southwest flights out of dulles, but there are great deals out of bwi marshal airport. right now, for example, you can fly out of baltimore to norfolk for 39 bucks. can you believe that? the deals are available through next thursday, july 14th, and
5:39 pm
you've got to travel between august 23rd and december 14th. got junk? do your closets, garage and attics runneth over? what do you dump and what do you donate? everyone has rules these days. you might just need a junk expert. >> reporter: it's early in the day, and the guys from junk 1, 2, 3 are deconstructing a townhouse in d.c. they've got three floors, a basement and an attic to empty. and they are trying to salvage as much as possible. >> people throw good stuff away all of the time. and so our efforts are just basically to keep as much of it out of the landfill as possible. >> reporter: like the name implieses, wheeler's company, junk 1, 2, 3, uses a three-step process to determine where this stuff will end up. more than half of it is donated or recycled. habitat for humanity and habitat restore is their biggest
5:40 pm
partner. >> mostly bulkier items, appliances, furniture. >> reporter: wheeler knows what has a future and what doesn't. charities have gotten more specific, because they too have become overrun with unwanted stuff. this home is filled with some surprises. a top-floor kitchen houses a classic 1950s ge refrigerator and a well-built range. a similar model is listed online for 600 bucks. >> i recognized early on that people had very high concern for what becomes of the stuff, even if they're paying a company like ours to take it away. >> reporter: the mountain bikes in the basement have miles to go, and this old chandelier will get another chance to shine. wheeler says this house is easy. but he's had some real doozies. >> the record is 25 truckloads out of a house. >> reporter: wow. >> typically, a full truck is roughly about eight sofas in terms of volume, so that's a lot of sofa's worth of junk. >> reporter: america is a land of consumers. remember 5% of the world's
5:41 pm
population. but we create 30% of the world's waste. downsize needs to be the rallying cry of the new decade. wheeler is a young guy who has learned a heavy lesson in the few years he has spent hauling junk. >> i never want to become one of my clients, that's for sure. >> junk 1, 2, 3 charges about $500 a truckload. that's a lot of stuff. and, again, they figure they recycle or donate about 50%. >> and they take just about anything? >> they will take away anything. but they will take it to the landfill if no one else wants it. they pretty much know how to go through it. there are a lot of rules these days. i've said, you're not going to take that to goodwill? and he said goodwill doesn't want this kind of stuff anymore. >> they've got too much. and they're running out of space. >> yep. after the break, elizabeth smart is going to be on network tv, but it's not for an interview. details about the utah kidnapping victim's brand-new
5:42 pm
5:43 pm
5:44 pm
lers transition into life after competition. rockville's mayor recently announced her plans to run for office again, but it wasn't a routine speech. >> chris gordon is live at rockville town square with an unexpected surprise for people who attended that event. chris? >> reporter: good evening. behind me, you see a band setting up. there's going to be a concert tonight, and that means the fountain in front has been turned off, and that's the way it is supposed to be. however, on the night of june 10th, when the rockville city mayor came here to launch her re-election bid, the fountain was off at first, but then
5:45 pm
something went wrong. the mayor just began speaking at her re-election campaign kickoff, when the fountain started shooting plumes of water into the air, sending political supporters and former mayors scramble to go get out of the way so they didn't get soaked. they weren't dressed for the water works. faced with a chaotic situation, mayor phyllis marcucio tried to keep speaking, but gave up. >> so i said, maybe this is all you're going to hear. just don't walk away thinking your mayor is all wet. >> reporter: the fountain is a destination for parents who bring little children to play in the water and keep cool on hot summer days. the mayor says her sister negotiated with city hall to stop the waterworks from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. the night of her announcement the. but through a misunderstanding or negligence, the water came back on early, and unexpectedly. >> i think the fountain is programmable. and maybe in the discussions back and forth with when should it go off and when should it go
5:46 pm
on, somebody must have decided it's -- it was appropriate to go back on earlier than we expected. >> reporter: parents at the fountain feel for the mayor for having a wet blanket thrown over the launch of her re-election campaign. >> the blame is going to be on the city, whoever is responsible for the fountain. >> i would be upset if i got all wet and kind of embarrassing the town couldn't get it together not to have the fountain turn on. >> reporter: the city manager announced plans to retire december 2nd after seven years with rockville, saying the timing has nothing to do with the fountain incident that disrupted the mayor's announcement that she is seeking a second term. >> very first question i asked him when he told me was, gee, scott, i hope this hasn't anything to do with me. he says, absolutely not. >> reporter: the mayor is being opposed in the november election by rockville city council member peter giefski who announced his candidacy for mayor in the
5:47 pm
rockville library, without incident. now, the mayor is taking all of this with good humor. however, some political editorialists in this area are raising a controversy, questioning whether someone tried to scuttle the launch of the mayor's re-election campaign. bottom line, there is no investigation going on right now. therefore, no watergate over the fountain incident here in rockville. back to you. >> all right, chris gordon. thank you, chris. here's doug now with a final check on our weather. yakne 97 a#-neb war andk very5 humid degrees. a very warm and very humid day with that heat index up there. near 100 degrees. live digital doppler radar, not a whole lot to show you around the d.c. metro area, but watch what happens when we zoom in. first off, before i show you the flood watch, where the storms
5:48 pm
are right now. right around frederick over towards mt. erie, just to the west, where we're seeing the storms, silver hill area, seeing some of those storms right there along i-70. and williamsport, and another storm north and west of martinsburg near the to him tom ahawk area. the flash flood watch has been put in effect for the day tomorrow for the potential of very heavy rain tomorrow. some of that rain could be coming down at 1 to 2 inches per hour. overnight tonight, 72 in washington, 70 in warrenton with some scattered thunderstorm activity, but not a whole lot. tomorrow, that's when i think everybody has a pretty good chance of seeing rain because of the clouds and rain. temperatures will be held down into the mid 80s during the day tomorrow. still humid, and, again, we need the rain. so hopefully we can get it tomorrow. >> yes, we do. >> all right, thanks, doug. sports, tennis, hakem? >> yes. >> great tie. >> thank you. >> loving this, baby. >> a lot more matching.
5:49 pm
we're matching today. we are. >> yes, we are. >> we're going to talk about xena garrison. >> ah! >>reat professional, doing great things rea now. on this day in 1990, professional tennis player xena garrison % there was xena garrison, a perennial top ten player. the highlight came in 1990. that's when the houston native became the first african-american woman to reach a grand slam final since all thea gibson. >> then it all hit me and when althia gibson walked in the locker and4=s it:"ug me where(s
5:50 pm
done this since aalthea and it took me a moment to get over my nerves. >> reporter: while garrison's star was rising, jackie joiner cursi was dominating the world stage in track and field. she won an incredible six olympic medals, including three golds in the hitathalon and long jump. she was named the greatest of the century. andcompan beyond called her the greatest multievent athlete ever, man or woman. now jackie joiner and xena have joined forces, starting their own company, called beyond the gold, aimed at helping other athletes. >> we have always had a very special bond, and we also have always had people that would come up to us and ask us questions about being a professional, and like experiences, and what would you do and, you know, we have always
5:51 pm
talked about doing something together, and one day -- >> xena, you know, came up with the idea, called me early in the morning, said i've got something we can do. and we came up with the name, "beyond the goal." >> reporter: for garrison, the move from the court to the real world was far from easy. she struggled with bulimia, went through a painful divorce, and even attempted suicide in 1999. >> fortunately or unfortunately, the person that i've become is because of the experiences i've had. and, you know, i've done a little bit. i've done a lot, actually. i was divorced, i went through a little battle of depression. my eating disorder for years. people didn't realize that i played with an eating disorder for years. i don't even know how i did it. and, you know, it's -- but the one good thing is i always had sports and i always had my experiences to know that i can come out of anything. >> reporter: the biggest battle of jackie's career was asthma. at first, she refused to take it seriously. then she learned to live with
5:52 pm
it. >> i wasn't accustomed to someone else controlling my body, and i had no control whatsoever. and you're seeing white spots, and you're losing air, and you're trying to grasp, you know, air pulling from your shoulder. you bend from the ground. and then you find yourself being rushed to the hospital. >> every 800 meters she runs brings on asthma attack so even doing a victory lap is tough. >> it took a while now. i can sit here and is act like, oh, i did it. no, it took a while to accept the fact that i was an asthmatic and there was the possibility i could die. but i had the power to control but i had the power to control what was happening. "s,"eporteri control of what's happening in a new career. jackie and xena teaming together to help athletes nationwide.
5:53 pm
garrison is also an olympian, won a gold medal in women's doubles in the 1988 olympics. two olympians doing great things. >> hard to believe she was performing at that level with asthma is staggering. >> impressive. >> thanks, hakem. here's dorene to take a look at what's coming up tonight on news4 at 6:00. >> hello. coming up tonight at 6:00, walmart could fill the void for d.c. residents who want to register handguns, and one top city official is in favor of surprise shutdown of an entire newspaper over a scandal that has many people outraged. and in the case of the stolen picasso drawing, it didn't take police very long to make an arrest in this case. those stories and a whole lot more coming up on news4 at 6:00. his face was hanging out. >> yeah, it kind of was. nothing goes there. >>qo[kugóaóaee dugard$záwbapc hl
5:54 pm
5:55 pm
5:56 pm
smart captivity. apc news has hired elizabeth smart. smart was kidnapped from her home at the age of 14 and held captive for nine months. she ja 23 years old now, and she
5:57 pm
starts her new job in a few weeks. another kidnapping victim is telling her story in o new jaycee dugard spent 18 phillip 6 tokoyend. w& terror that began when she was just 11. kidnapped by the garridos and forced to live in a maze of rickety sheds and tents in the backyard of their northern california home. in her new book, "a stolen life, kwoex experts which appear in "people" magazine, she chronicles the horrors. beginning with phillip forcing her to take a shower with him. >> my silent tears look like giant sobs. the man looks like he doesn't know how to respond. he tells me to calm down that
5:58 pm
he's not going to do anything more to me today. he takes me in his arms and offers comfort. i do not want comfort from this awful man. experts say writing no past will help jaycee heal. >> she gets to put an end to this very dark passage. there are no secrets. it's all out on the table. >> reporter: she spares no details. he brought in a bucket for fa two as a toilet. i would ask him every day when he was going to let me go home. she endured years of sexual abuse by garrido who fathered two daughters with jaycee, now ages 13 and 16. easter sunday, 1994. phillip says there's something he needs to talk to me about. he and nancy have noticed that i've been putting on ú and waddeling instead of walking. i said i know. they said, we think you may be pregnant. i was how could i possibly raise a baby in this place? at first he handcuffed her to keep her from escaping. later he used other measures. phillip gave me this image of
5:59 pm
the world as a scary place made up of pedophiles and rapists, one of the reasons i stayed was i wanted my kids to be safe. but in august of 2009, everything changed. phillip and nancy were questioned by police, and jay see, afraid to utter her real name, wrote it down for a police woman. it was like breaking an evil spell. i looked at her, and said, i can see my mom? she said yes. >> well, that's it for at 5:00. news4ñ" =0 at the top tonight, é board. i i'm dorene against gentzler. >> i'm jim van


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on